Mary Elizabeth Black

Female23 May 1855–3 December 1924

Brief Life History of Mary Elizabeth

When Mary Elizabeth Black was born on 23 May 1855, in South Carolina, United States, her father, Clarendon Black, was 24 and her mother, Sarah Ann Still, was 21. She married Nicholas Calhoun Grubbs in 1880, in Barnwell, South Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Georges Creek Township, Barnwell, South Carolina, United States for about 50 years. She died on 3 December 1924, in Barnwell, South Carolina, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Reedy Branch Baptist Church Cemetery, Barnwell, Barnwell, South Carolina, United States.

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Nicholas Calhoun Grubbs
Mary Elizabeth Black
Marriage: 1880
David Thomas Grubbs
Addie B Grubbs
Arie Victoria Grubbs
Clarendon Grubbs
Jainey Susan Grubbs
John Calvin Riley Grubbs
Lillian Grubbs

Sources (14)

  • Elizabeth Black in household of Clarendon Black, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Lizzie Black in entry for Addie Bonds, "South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1965"
  • Elisabeth Black in household of Clarendon Black, "United States Census, 1860"

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  • Marriage
    1880Barnwell, South Carolina, United States
  • Children (7)

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    Siblings (13)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 5

    In 1860, South Carolina quit the United States because its citizens were in favor of slavery and President Lincoln was not. The Civil War started a year later.


    Age 8

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

    Age 20

    In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

    Name Meaning

    English and Scottish: chiefly from Middle English blak(e) ‘black’ (Old English blæc, blaca), a nickname given from the earliest times to a swarthy or dark-haired man. However, Middle English blac also meant ‘pale, wan’, a reflex of Old English blāc ‘pale, white’ with a shortened vowel. Compare Blatch and Blick . With rare exceptions it is impossible to disambiguate these antithetical senses in Middle English surnames. The same difficulty arises with Blake and Block .

    Scottish: in Gaelic-speaking areas this name was adopted as a translation of the epithet dubh ‘dark, black-(haired)’, or of various other names based on Gaelic dubh ‘black’, see Duff .

    Americanized form (translation into English) of various European surnames directly or indirectly derived from the adjective meaning ‘black, dark’, for example German and Jewish Schwarz and Slavic surnames beginning with Čern-, Chern- (see Chern and Cherne ), Chorn-, Crn- or Czern-.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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